The Hundred Dresses: The Most Iconic Styles of Our Time

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Jun 20, 2013 - Design - 224 pages
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From the Sack to the Sari, each dress makes a powerful statement about the woman who wears it. Inspired by the Eleanor Estes' children's classic The Hundred Dresses, Erin McKean's classic-to-be by the same title, with chic illustrations by Donna Mehalko, is a definitive and witty look at what one hundred iconic dress styles, vintage and modern say about their wearers.

Each beautifully illustrated entry looks at the history of that particular style, famous wearers (if applicable), possible accessories, where the style could be observed, and what message, subtle or overt, is conveyed by the dress.

Featured are The Wench; The Vreeland; The Wrap; The Austen; The Beckham; The Siren (any style, as long as it's red); The Chanel Ingénue; The Caftan; The Guinevere; The Jackie; ; The Biohazard (any dress dangerous to bystanders or the wearer: think Lady Gaga); and many more.

Part style commentary, part fashion blueprint, part clever field guide, The Hundred Dresses will ensure that no woman (or man) ever underestimates the power of the dress.

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Review: The Hundred Dresses: The Most Iconic Styles of Our Time

User Review  - Erin - Goodreads

Kind of a disappointment. I thought it would be a modern mature remake of the 1940s children's book The Hundred Dresses that discusses poverty and bullying (it was kind of a favorite growing up). This ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

I picked this up on a whim and read it straight through - extremely entertaining, and the illustrations by Donna Mehalko are GREAT. Read full review

About the author (2013)

Erin McKean is the author of the bestselling novel The Secret Lives of Dresses, inspired by her popular blog, A Dress a Day (, which features vintage clothes and patterns. A lexicographer by day and the founder of, she has been published widely, including in the New York Times Magazine and the Boston Globe. She lives in Burlingame, California.

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